Posted on: October 9, 2010 4:26 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It's still very early in Columbia, but in the second quarter the South Carolina Gamecocks are beating Alabama 21-3.
Alabama started the game with a nice drive that resulted in a field goal, but since then it's been all Gamecocks. The Gamecocks followed the Tide's opening drive with a 7-play 63 yard scoring drive that was capped by Marcus Lattimore 's first career touchdown catch. Then, after forcing an Alabama punt, South Carolina went on another 7-play 62-yard drive that ended when Stephen Garcia hit Alshon Jeffery for a 26-yard touchdown catch.
Making matters worse? Greg McElroy just fumbled after being blindsided and South Carolina recovered and has the ball deep in Alabama territory. A few plays later Garcia hit Jeffery for another touchdown.
Still, as we already said, it's early in this one. Let's not forget that Arkansas had a 17-7 lead over the Tide at halftime two weeks ago before Alabama came back to win 24-20.
That being said, this has been just about as good a start that Steve Spurrier could have wanted for his team.
Posted on: October 8, 2010 12:03 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While all eyes in Tuscaloosa were on Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and his knee this week, which is good to go by the way, it turns out there was another injury to a key offensive player nobody was aware of. For a time, not even Nick Saban or the Alabama coaching staff knew.
It seems that quarterback Greg McElroy suffered what's being called a head injury during 'Bama's 31-6 beatdown of Florida on Saturday night.
"He's actually so poised and so good, he got hurt really in the second quarter and nobody knew it," Saban said. "He got hit in the head when he scrambled once, he got hit on the sidelines and it really affected him in the game, I think. We didn't know it until the fourth quarter when he called the play wrong on the formation wrong, then tried to run the play that we signaled."
While Saban didn't say the word, it seems somewhat obvious to me that if McElroy's head injury was a cut on his forehead, that wouldn't cause him to start calling the wrong plays in the huddle. To me it sounds like he suffered some kind of concussion, and if that's indeed the case, the Crimson Tide might want to be somewhat cautious with their quarterback this week.
Though the odds of McElroy not playing on Saturday against South Carolina are somewhere between slim and "haha, yeah right."
After all, playing in pain is nothing new for McElroy. He's dealt with a sore leg the last two weeks, and he broke two ribs against Texas during the title game in January. So the kid is tough, but if he is suffering from a concussion, there's a thin line between tough and stupid.
Ribs will heal, the brain won't.
Posted on: October 2, 2010 8:37 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 11:10 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
8:35 - Trey Burton is not Tim Tebow. Florida had a 4th and goal from the one yard line and went for it. Burton tried to pull off the jump pass but was picked off in the end zone. Tide gets the ball back up 3-0 with 2:15 left in the first.
8:39 - It's pretty scary to consider that Trent Richardson is the second running back for Alabama. He just tore off a 30-yard run to get the Tide into Florida territory.
8:43 - The first quarter comes to an end with Greg McElroy hitting Darius Hanks for an 11-yard gain to the Florida 14-yard line. So the second quarter will start with the Tide threatening to add to their lead. Well, unless they call a jump pass.
8:48 - Mark Ingram does what Mark Ingram's done plenty of times, scoring a touchdown to give Alabama a 10-0 lead with 14:21 left until halftime. Though Trent Richardson would have gotten there quicker.
8:54 - This is an important drive for the Gators. While they don't have to get points, they need to move down the field and get some momentum behind them. If they go three and out and punt, it could be 17-0 really quick.
9:59 - Not a bad start for Florida in the second half, as Brantley hits Burton for a big gain and the Gator offense is already at midfield. If they can get a touchdown here we might almost have a game.10:02 - Brantley hits Moore on third down to set up a first and goal from the 5.
10:05 - The Gators have to settle for another field goal. FIELD GOALS AREN'T GOING TO WIN THIS GAME, URBAN. It's 24-6 Alabama and no sign of this game getting good anytime soon.
10:11 - Florida forces Alabama to punt, and it's a beauty. Downed at the one-yard line. If Florida can stop the Tide seven more times and kick seven more field goals, well,talk about excitement.
10:17 - Well that's a questionable strategy to get back in the game. Brantley is intercepted by C.J. Mosely and the freshman takes it to the house. It's 31-6 Alabama.
10:19 - Games like this really make you appreciate the idiocy of Les Miles.
10:21 - College football needs to institute some kind of mercy rule. Not to protect the feelings of the young men playing in the games, I don't care about them. I'm talking about taking mercy on my eyes.
10:24 - Aww, the stinking sideline is ruining John Brantley's interception party. He was just picked again, this time by Barron, but Barron comes down out of bounds so it doesn't count.
10:26 - On the very next play Brantley decides to just throw a pitch to Jeff Demps away, yelling "Stop this sideline! Turnover party!" Unforunately Demps never got the invitation and recovered the fumble. Let's see what Brantley tries next.
10:28 - The refs take mercy on Florida, and call a holding on Milliner to give the Gators a first down at the Alabama 15. Then on the next play Brantley throws to Moore in the end zone, and another flag is thrown. Pass interference on Milliner again. Florida is officially a charity case. Congratulations.
10:33 - Could it have gone any other way? Brantley and Moody fumble the exchange, Alabama recovers. The Brantley Turnover Extravaganza rages on.
10:36 - We start the fourth quarter with Alabama up 31-6, and ready to heap more punishment upon the Gators. Nick Saban is so happy that after the game tonight he's going to drink the blood of not one, but two babies.
10:39 - Alabama has to punt again, so it's Florida's ball once more. How will they mess it up this time? The only thing they haven't done tonight is give up a safety, so we should probably expect a Mike Pouncey snap to sail over Brantley's head and 50 yards through the back of the end zone.
10:44 - Wow, they just showed a stat that said the Tide only have 18 yards since halftime. And they're still up 25.
10:46 - I know Gillilee is out of the game with an injury, but seriously, what's the point of having Jeff Demps in the game at this point? He's already hurt, so why risk losing him next week in a game that's already decided?
10:48 - When it rains, it pours. John Brantley just got sandwiched between two Alabama players while scrambling and he's down on the ground being attended to. He looks to be in a considerable amount of pain too.
10:51 - See, this just makes no sense to me. Both coaches just saw Brantley leave the game with an injury, yet Alabama still has all their starters in. You're up 25. You're not going to lose this game. Get your reserves some play.
10:57 - Brantley is back in the game for Florida with a couple of sore ribs. Why, I don't know.
11:00 - Only 4:22 left in the game. Mercy will be taken upon us all soon enough. It's still 31-6 Alabama.
11:05 - Saban has Mark Ingram running the wildcat just to pad his stats. Well, that's awful nice, but he's going to need about 300 more yards to catch up to Denard Robinson.
11:07 - Verne points out that every one of Alabama's remaining opponents have a bye week before facing the Tide. Which doesn't seem fair, but let's be real, Alabama had a bye this week as well.
11:09 - All right, it's a final. Alabama wins 31-6. The Tide get South Carolina next week, and if they get past them the only thing I see standing in their way to the SEC championship is Cam Newton and Auburn.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:39 am
Edited on: September 28, 2010 11:40 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
If you want to stop Alabama -- and nobody has since Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl -- you have to find a way to stuff their ground game. Which, as their record indicates over their last 16 games, isn't easy to do. If you leave the game in the hands of Greg McElroy, you have a chance. Of course, if you take Greg McElroy out completely, that forces Alabama to become more one-dimensional, which might make stopping the run a little easier.
So it's probably not a good thing that McElroy is drawing Florida a map.
McElroy took a shot from Arkansas defensive end Tenarius Wright during the fourth quarter of Alabama's comeback on Saturday in Fayetteville, and it's left the quarterback a bit sore.
"I think his knee hit me straight in the leg -- just right in the right spot, just barely missing my thigh pad," McElroy said. "Just kind of an unfortunate thing. But contusions or whatever those things are called, are just part of the game. It's something you gotta work through.
He may as well paint a "hit me here" on his right thigh Saturday, as there's no reason to believe he's not going to be able to play in the game, though odds are he's still going to be a bit sore. Something Florida's defensive linemen will no doubt have in their minds should they get a chance to lay a hit on the Alabama quarterback.
Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:37 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 6:09 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
The blockbuster matchup between No. 1 Alabama and host No. 10 Arkansas has, at the half, tilted in the Razorbacks' favor. Arkansas leads 17-7 on the strength of two Ryan Mallett touchdowns, and Alabama has been hurt by two uncharacteristic interceptions by QB Greg McElroy.
Early in the game, Arkansas drew first blood with a magnificent pitch-and-catch from Mallett to Ronnie Wingo:
At that point, Alabama responded with an equal display of force, as Mark Ingram reminded everybody that he is, in fact, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner:
But both quarterbacks threw awful end zone interceptions, killing great scoring chances for both teams, and another bad pick for Alabama gave Arkansas the ball near midfield late in the second half. Mallett drove the team down the field with his rifle of an arm, and the 6'6" quarterback stretched across the goal line on a 1-yard sneak to push the lead to 17-7 with under 20 seconds left.
And that's where we stand now.
The game's not over, not by a long shot; both Ingram and Trent Richardson are running with a purpose for the Crimson Tide, and Mallett's probably still got some head-scratching throws left in him today. But we're 30 minutes in, and Arkansas has a double-digit lead. Coming into this game, the Razorbacks would have been thrilled to be where they are now.
Posted on: September 24, 2010 5:22 pm
Posted by the College Football Blog staff
Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that Mike Pouncey would screw up a baker's dozen worth of snaps in one game? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week. Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.
The Michigan State Spartans lose Kirk Cousins to an injury during the first quarter of their game against Northern Colorado. His replacement, freshman Andrew Maxwell is dealt the same fate early in the second quarter and the Spartans go into the half trailing 21-10. After quarterback-turned-WR-turned-back-i
Temple upsets Penn State in Happy Valley. There's really no excuse for this happening; even with Temple starting out 3-0 and PSU looking average with true freshman Robert Bolden at QB, Penn State is still highly favored in this contest. But the Temple front seven (led by returning MAC Defensive Player of the Year DE Adrian Robinson) gives the Nittany Lions' enough fits that Temple goes into halftime leading by 10, Bolden gets benched, Kevin Newsome performs worse in relief, and the Owls shock Happy Valley, 27-20. -- Adam Jacobi
Marcus Lattimore is held to less than 70 yards rushing by the Auburn defense. Lattimore only ran for 57 yards against Southern Miss, but when the Gamecocks have really needed yards this season, they turn to number 21. He will likely get at least 18 carries, and the Tigers did give up 140 yards to Clemson's Andre Ellington, but look for the defensive line to step up and shut down Lattimore at home in primetime. -- Chip Patterson
Mike Leach makes it through the entire broadcast of the Houston - Tulane game without some reference to "symptoms of concussion" followed by awkward silence that lasts as long as an equipment shed is wide. -- Chip Patterson
With his team trailing 24-21 late in the fourth quarter against Arkansas, Nick Saban calls a timeout as his team is marching down the field looking for the go-ahead touchdown. "I've had an epiphany, gentleman. I'm not here to win football games, I'm here to make you all better men and better human beings. Sometimes being the bigger man means letting the other man have his moment in the spotlight." Saban then forces Greg McElroy to kneel four straight times to end the game. -- Tom Fornelli
Boise State sets the post-WW2 single-game record for most team yardage (pre-WW2 may be a touch out of reach) in their victory over Oregon State, 94-0. Kellen Moore and the rest of the Broncos' starters play every snap, even after Oregon State puts in their second stringers in the 4th quarter. Following the game, Chris Peterson then throws his headset at the press box and yells, "Are you not entertained?!" Boise does not budge in the polls. --Adam Jacobi
During the third quarter of a listless win at Washington State, USC head coach Lane Kiffin will disappear from the sideline for several minutes, and television cameras will catch him talking on his cell phone. He will claim to have been speaking with old college friends since the game was "boring," but anonymous sources with knowledge of Kiffin's cell phone records will later tell reporters that Kiffin was trying to negotiate a deal to rejoin Pete Carroll in Seattle as an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks. The deal falls through when Kiffin asks for $17.5 million a year. -- Adam Jacobi
Oregon State takes Boise State to overtime on the legendary Smurf Turf. In overtime, Chris Peterson calls a trick play that finishes with Kellen Moore crossing into the end zone to win the game. Upon crossing the goal line, Moore rushes over to the cheerleaders and drops to one knee... where he proposes to Buster Bronco. The horse says "neigh." -- Chip Patterson
With the USC Trojans up 14-0 on Washington State in the first quarter, Matt Barkley finds Ronald Johnson for a 67-yard touchdown to make the score 20-0. Lane Kiffin then decides to just kick the extra point. -- Tom Fornelli
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